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MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

The government should undertake a "comprehensive review of planning as it pertains to the high street", focusing on speeding up the compulsory purchase system, an updated town centre first policy, a "complete overhaul and rewrite" of use classes, and restricting the use of permitted development rights, a report by a Parliamentary committee has recommended.

Demolish derelict buildings and block PD rights to revive city centres, report says

Demolish derelict buildings and block PD rights to revive city centres, report says

Government funding should be used to "help remodel struggling city centres", including "knocking derelict buildings down", while cities should be granted blanket exemptions from permitted development rights allowing the conversion of commercial units to residential use, a report by a think tank has recommended.

London music venue strikes noise protection planning deal with developer

London music venue strikes noise protection planning deal with developer

An east London pub has reached an agreement with the developer of a neighbouring site over potential noise complaints, which it says will secure the future of the premises as a live music venue and could establish "a precedent" for settling such issues in future.

Kent sports complex and holiday homes refused over 'significant harm' to AONB

Kent sports complex and holiday homes refused over 'significant harm' to AONB

Kent councillors have refused permission for a sports complex and 175 holiday homes after officers advised the development would cause "significant harm" to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Hammersmith and Fulham gives go-ahead for Olympia Exhibition Centre overhaul

Hammersmith and Fulham gives go-ahead for Olympia Exhibition Centre overhaul

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has granted full planning approval for a major overhaul and redevelopment of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, despite concerns over the impacts on nearby heritage assets.

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